North Greenville First in State to Offer Impact Cryotherapy to Student Athletes
January 7, 2017
Greenville- (NGU Athletics)- Post competition recovery just got a little more high tech for North Greenville student athletes with the addition of a cryogenic chamber to the Angie and Sam Kelly Strength and Conditioning Complex.
The cryogenic chamber, a much colder and modern alternative to the traditional ice bath, was donated to the NGU Athletic Department by the Sam Group and is ready for use. North Greenville is one of just SIX schools in all of NCAA with its own cryotherapy chamber, a group which includes Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, and Georgia. It is also used widely throughout professional sports.
Cryotherapy is the exposure of the body to extreme cold temperatures and is beneficial to athlete recovery following strenuous workout, competition, or even injury. Temperatures in the chamber can reach as low as 120 degrees below zero. The three-minute sessions can help with inflammation in muscles, accelerate recovery time and reduce exercise induced muscle damage.
Cryotherapy has also been used for rheumatoid arthritis, depression, pain management as well as weight management.
“This is a great opportunity for our athletes,” says Andre Bernardi, head strength and conditioning coach for NGU athletics. “Giving our kids an opportunity for faster recovery will give them a competitive edge. Athletes put an enormous amount of strain on their bodies between practices, team workouts, and games and the chance to let the body recover is a key component in being successful.”
“Our student athletes put in a lot of work during the school year, in both the classroom and on the playing surface so finding different ways give them a leg up on the competition is one of our main objectives,” remarked associate athletic director Micah Sepko. “ Cryotherapy is a proven method that will benefit all of our athletes. Sam Group continues to bless our student athletes and for that we are extremely grateful.”